Course Title: Read and write a range of straightforward letters and formatted texts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: LANG5644

Course Title: Read and write a range of straightforward letters and formatted texts

School: 360T Education

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3231 - Certificate III in ESL (Access)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou & Bloss Robertson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

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Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes reading and writing performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by adult learners with language background other than English. The focus of this unit is on reading and writing skills for straightforward formal and informal written communications, in social and transactional contexts. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU504 Read and write a range of straightforward letters and formatted texts


1. Read a range of formal and informal letters or email messages.
2. Write formal letters or email messages.
3. Analyse a range of detailed formatted texts.
4. Complete forms which require some detailed information.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the context and purpose of the text.
1.2 Identify the main ideas or topics referred to.
1.3 Identify conventions of formal and informal letters and emails.
1.4 Analyse the structure and discourse features of the texts.
1.5 Locate specific details and any inferred meanings
1.6 Respond to important details or actions required.

2.1 Plan and draft formal letters or email messages, using conventions appropriate to the context and purpose
2.2 Convey information, an explanation, or ideas using appropriate language and register.
2.3 Sequence information and ideas, using appropriate staging
2.4 Proofread and correct final draft

3.1 Analyse the purposes, requirements and conventions of formatted texts.
3.2 Locate specific information, using organisational (navigational) features of the text
3.3 Identify key instructions or specific advice, where relevant
3.4 Identify the inferred requirements and intent of formatted texts.

4.1 Scan text and identify purpose
4.2 Follow conversations of formatted text for form filling
4.3 Insert required information in appropriate section
4.4 Use language and register appropriate to the context
4.5 Proofread all sections and note any additional requirements.

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to participants using reading and writing skills in English in a wide range of formal and informal situations. the situations in which these skills are applied are varied, and can be related to contexts such as social and community life, everyday commerce and recreation, workplaces and vocational or study-related fields.

The outcomes described in this unit relates to:

  • The ISLPR (International Second Language Proficiency Ratings) descriptors for Reading and Writing. They contribute directly to the achievement of ISLPR Reading 2+ and Writing 2+
  • the Autralian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). They contribute directly to the achievement of ACSF indicators of competence in Reading and Writing at Level 3.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate III in ESL (Access) which is an integrated program. This means that you will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of Face to Face teaching and Directed Study. Your program will have a minimum of 8 hours Directed Study per week. You are not required to attend to complete Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit. This is a very important part of your program and we ask that you do 4-5 hours on your non attendance day and at least 1 hour each evening to cover all the units in the program. An outline of your Directed Study is published each week in the Weekly Program Delivery Plan.

This unit covers in part the reading and writing macro skills addressed in the whole certificate.

Reading and writing formal and informal letters,notes and emails

Filling in a varitey of formatted texts

Analyse and construct formatted texts eg calendars, timetables, bills, course applications

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 6 February – Fri 15 June 2012
Term Break: Mon 9 April – Fri 13 April 2012
Public holidays: Mon 12 March (Labour Day), Fri 6 April (Good Friday)Wed 25 April (ANZAC DAY) Mon 11 June 2012 (Queen’s Birthday)

Teachig Schedule:

This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.
Your program is made up of:
• Orientation
• Learning activities
• Mid semester review
• Excursions
• Exit review

All students will be inducted. The induction includes
• Program Guide & Student Diary
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Explore RMIT ( an orientation to the university and its services)
• Orientation to RMIT Libraries (library tour & on line catalogue introduction)
• RMIT Online Systems Information Session

Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained in your student diary.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring
• English-English dictionary (We ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
• Thesaurus
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:

  • Letter writing,
  • email writing,
  • form filling,
  • Oral report.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=1nkd66y87rc

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will take place throughout the course. Your work is assessed on a competent (CA)/not yet competent (NYC) basis – it is not graded. You will be given written feedback on all assessment tasks. There will be individual and group projects completed both in and out of class.
Assessment is ongoing and its purpose is to develop your skills. You will be given assistance in redrafting and editing written assessment tasks because developing your ability to identify and correct your own mistakes is an important part of the learning process. It is important that you read the specific elements each assessment task addresses on the cover sheet for each task. At the time of setting assessments you will be given clear guidelines about which course, elements and performance criteria you will need to meet in order to successfully complete the task. Submission dates & deadlines will also be clearly explained.

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessments:
Formal and informal letters emails
Formal and informal emails
Form filling, surveys

Assessment Matrix

Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview